Charlotte's Tip of the Month

Risky (Precarious? Hazardous? Perilous?) Synonyms

Some words are synonyms, they are similar in meaning, but there is enough of a difference to make the synonym simply not fit a particular context or express the same ideas. If the word does not fit the context, then not only is your meaning unclear, but a reader can…

Apostrophes and Contractions

We have discussed the primary use of apostrophes, which is to show possession or ownership as in, “The girl’s pet dog is cute” or “That man’s car is green.” Know this: apostrophes are NOT (never ever ever!) used for plurals or verb endings.         She swim’s so fast. (Sorry, but…

Apostrophes and Possession

Apostrophes are another small yet completely necessary form of punctuation that cause many errors and much unnecessary second-guessing as we write. Let’s discuss how we add “apostrophe s” (‘s) to show belonging, owning, or possessing.  Examples: The man’s car is over there. (The car belongs to the man. Our friend’s…